InterlockedDecrement function

Decrements (decreases by one) the value of the specified 32-bit variable as an atomic operation.

To operate on 64-bit values, use the InterlockedDecrement64 function.

Syntax

LONG InterlockedDecrement(
  LONG volatile *Addend
);

Parameters

Addend

A pointer to the variable to be decremented.

Return Value

The function returns the resulting decremented value.

Remarks

The variable pointed to by the Addend parameter must be aligned on a 32-bit boundary; otherwise, this function will behave unpredictably on multiprocessor x86 systems and any non-x86 systems. See _aligned_malloc.

The interlocked functions provide a simple mechanism for synchronizing access to a variable that is shared by multiple threads. This function is atomic with respect to calls to other interlocked functions.

This function is implemented using a compiler intrinsic where possible. For more information, see the WinBase.h header file and _InterlockedDecrement.

This function generates a full memory barrier (or fence) to ensure that memory operations are completed in order.

Itanium-based systems:  For performance-critical applications, use InterlockedDecrementAcquire or InterlockedDecrementRelease instead.

Note  This function is supported on Windows RT-based systems.
 

Requirements

   
Minimum supported client Windows XP [desktop apps | UWP apps]
Minimum supported server Windows Server 2003 [desktop apps | UWP apps]
Target Platform Windows
Header winnt.h (include Windows.h)
Library Kernel32.lib
DLL Kernel32.dll

See Also

Interlocked Variable Access

InterlockedDecrement16

InterlockedDecrement16Acquire

InterlockedDecrement16NoFence

InterlockedDecrement16Release

InterlockedDecrement64

InterlockedDecrementAcquire

InterlockedDecrementAcquire64

InterlockedDecrementNoFence

InterlockedDecrementNoFence64

InterlockedDecrementRelease

InterlockedDecrementRelease64

InterlockedIncrement

Synchronization Functions